Keto White Chicken Chili

A white bowl filled with Keto white chicken chili. Chili is topped with avocado slices, slice of lime, sour cream, sliced fresh jalapeños & chopped up cilantro. Another bowl of chili is in the background.

This Keto White Chicken Chili recipe is the perfect comfort food. Our Keto Chili recipe is loaded with flavor but not carbs! Beanless white chicken chili is one the entire family will enjoy. Plus this Easy White Chicken Chili recipe is ready in under 40 minutes!

We’re HUGE Keto Soup Recipe fans around here. They tend to be quick, easy and don’t require specialty ingredients that other keto recipes require. Our favorite low carb soup recipesKeto Cheeseburger Soup, Keto Taco Soup, Easy Broccoli and Cheese Soup, Vegan Cabbage Soup, Zuppa Toscana Soup and Instant Pot Chili Verde.

What is Keto White Chicken Chili Made Of?

  • Protein – Chicken Breasts or Thighs (or Whole Roasted Chicken)
  • Chicken Stock
  • Vegetables – Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic and Jalapeno (optional)
  • Canned Green Chilis
  • Dairy – Butter, Heavy Whipping Cream and Cream Cheese
  • Spices- Cumin, Oregano, Paprika and Cayenne (optional)
Chopped bell pepper, jalapeno and onions in a cream colored dutch oven. The dutch oven is sitting next to a blue stripped kitchen towel on a white wood counter.

Beanless White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili is traditionally made with white beans, but to make sure this is low carb and keto friendly, we’ve removed the beans. The heartiness of the chicken means no additional protein needs to be added to make up for the lack of beans.

How to Make Keto White Chicken Chili

Not too many steps involved with this Keto Mexican Chicken Chili.  

  • Step 1 – Melt the butter in a dutch oven and sear the chicken. Set aside.
  • Step 2 – Melt the butter and sauté the vegetables.
  • Step 3 – Add the spices and garlic and sauté.
  • Step 4 – Add the browned chicken and broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 5 – Shred the chicken.
  • Step 6 – Add the creamy cheese and heavy whipping cream and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Browned chicken thighs in a cream dutch oven. The dutch oven is sitting on a white wood background next to a blue stripped kitchen towel.

Recipe Variations

Keto Ground Chicken Chili

To make this keto chili recipe with ground chicken, just swap out the chicken breasts and replace it with ground chicken. No other edits or substitutes are needed.

 

White Turkey Chili

To make this keto soup recipe with turkey, just swap out the chicken breasts and replace it with ground turkey. No other edits or substitutions are needed.

 

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

To make white chicken chili in the Crockpot, just add all the ingredients, except the heavy cream and cream cheese, and cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high. Shred the chicken and add the heavy cream and cream cheese. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!

keto cornbread in a round black cast iron skillet. Once triangular slice is cut out and being held above the skillet on top of a serving utensil

What To Serve With Keto White Chicken Chili

Good old fashion Keto Cornbread is our favorite side dish. If you’re looking to increase your vegetables, a basic green side salad is the way to go. 

Is White Chicken Chili Supposed to Be Thick?

Keto White Chicken Chili is a mix between a soup and chili. You can actually adjust the thickness to your preference. To thin is out, add extra broth. To thicken it up, mix 1 tbsp of arrowroot with water before adding it to the soup. Just add it in at the end and let sit for approx. 5 minutes to thicken.

A cream dutch oven loaded with soup broth and chicken. It's sitting on a white background and blue striped kitchen towel.

How To Store Creamy White Chicken Chili

This creamy white chicken chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I Freeze Keto White Chicken Chili?

Absolutely – just transfer the cooled soup to freezer-safe containers, or Ziploc bags, and freeze. To re-heat, thaw in the refrigerator

How To Re-heat Low Carb Chicken Chili Verde

The best route is to add it to a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring as needed. If your chili is too thick, as keto soup recipes tend to do when stored, just add a bit more broth.

A white bowl filled with Keto white chicken chili. Chili is topped with avocado slices, slice of lime, sour cream, sliced fresh jalapeños & chopped up cilantro. Another bowl of chili is in the background.
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Keto White Chicken Chili

This Keto White Chicken Chili recipe is the perfect comfort food. Our Keto Chili recipe is loaded with flavor but not carbs! Bean-less white chicken chili is one the entire family will enjoy. Plus this Easy White Chicken Chili recipe is ready in under 40 minutes!
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword 9 Net Carbs, Chicken Breast Recipes, Chicken Thighs Recipes, Easy Soup Recipes, Keto Soup Recipes, Low Carb Soup Recipes, Soup REcipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 372kcal
Author Lighter Kitchen
Cost $15

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp Butter, divided
  • 1.5 lb Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breast or Thighs (*Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup Onion, Diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Diced (*Note 2)
  • 1 Jalapeno, Seeded and Diced (*Note 3)
  • 1 Can Diced Green Chilis (14.5 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, Diced
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne (Note 4*)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, Softened

Instructions

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, melt 2 Tbsp butter over medium high. Add chicken and sear both sides until golden. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter, along with the onion, bell pepper, diced jalapeños and green chilis. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. (*Note 5)
  • Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, paprika, cayenne and black pepper and sauté for 1 minute. (*Note 6)
  • Add the seared chicken and chicken broth to pot. Bring to boil, then turn down heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked and ready to be shredded.
  • Remove chicken from chili, shred it and return it to pot.
  • Add cream cheese and heavy whipping cream and simmer for 8-10 minutes until cream cheese has melted and is fully incorporated into the chili.

Notes

Note 1: Nutritional Values are for chicken breast. If using chicken thighs, make sure to update the nutritional values.
Note 2: This recipe is perfect for any color Bell Pepper. Pick your favorite!
Note 3: Feel free to leave the seeds in, if you like a spicer chili!
Note 4: Can omit the cayenne if you prefer a more mild chili or double it for some extra kick!
Note 5: If using chicken thighs, there should be enough fat rendered, from searing, to use to sauce the jalapeños, bell pepper and onion. No need to add the additional 2 TBSP of butter.
Note 6: If the bottom pot starts to darken/burn in this step, turn heat down to medium, add a splash of the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen it up.

recipe tips:

Tip 1.

Great Meal Prepping Recipe! Grab some freezer friendly containers on Amazon.

Whole chicken on a white plate surrounded by lemon, onion and herbs.

Tip 2.

Save time and use previously cooked Whole Roasted Chicken instead.

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